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3 Years (Full-Time)


Park, Cheltenham

Develop a rich portfolio and professional network ready for a big music career.

Guitarist performing during BBC Introducing

Gain experience of industry in the UK and abroad

Music festival stage in action, night time
Students using mixing desk

Develop your readiness for work in an exciting global industry. Learn about songwriting, live performance, production, music for film, TV and computer games. Experience live performance as a performer and engineer and do plenty of practical work, writing, performing and producing music in our excellent recording studio, Mac spaces and dedicated rehearsal rooms. Use only the latest versions of Pro Tools and Logic. We are an official Avid Pro Tools Learning Partner, which means you can choose to sit the highly sought-after Pro Tools 100-level certification to complement your degree qualification.

Study with lecturers who work currently in the industry. Learn about the art of composing songs and develop your skills in critical thinking and critical listening. Understand rights and royalties, the power of streaming and social networks, licensing, label management, marketing and promotion. Run your own music event in Europe. Work on live briefs, including projects with the BBC, Wychwood, 2000trees and Cheltenham Festivals.

Tailor your learning and career progression in your second and third years. Graduate with a rich production portfolio and industry contacts, ready for a successful music career. The course has industry-standard JAMES (Joint Audio Media Education Support) accreditation.

Study style

This course is 100% coursework. Work with support from your tutors on your portfolios and take your work to industry during your degree.

Entry requirements

Tariff information for 2017 entry*

112 tariff points

Typical offers

BBC at A levels, DMM at BTEC or use a combination of your qualifications to achieve the required tariff total.

2017 UCAS tariff table

Mature Applicants: We welcome applications from mature students (aged 21 and over) and do not necessarily require the same academic qualifications as school leaving applicants. To find out more, please email our enquiries team.

For international students please see entry requirements in your country for full details.

Grade C in GCSE English and Mathematics (or equivalent) are normally required. If you don't meet your tariff points total we may still consider your application. Please email our admissions team for further information.

* Selection by portfolio and interview

Details of fees and potential extra costs when studying a course at the University of Gloucestershire.

UCAS codes

UCAS codes available for this subject
Single Honours - 3 years full-timeW300


  • Live performer - UK and international
  • Industry professional, for example, music publishing, digital marketing
  • Events promoter/manager
  • Media entrepreneur
  • Sound technician/engineer

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Student Focus

Charlotte Robertson

I'm a sound engineer. I’ve just finished two years' touring with multi award winning folk fusion band, Roving Crows.

I’ve worked with the BBC and Jamie Cullum. I blame my degree! It was brilliant! The support I got from lecturers was massive. I won two awards at uni. One was presented at BAFTA. I coordinated projects at Wychwood and Cheltenham Jazz. I loved it. I didn’t know what I wanted to do when I started my degree. I love sound engineering. I love seeing other people enjoy the music.

Industry links

JAMES, BBC Introducing, Cheltenham Festivals, Wychwood Festival, 2000trees Festival, Wincraft Studios, Avid Pro Tools, EMI, Spotify, Strings & Tins, Stereolab, Placebo, Sound on Sound.

Programme specifications

Male drummer performing

Gain experience of industry in the UK and abroad

Strong ties with industry including 2000trees, Wychwood and Cheltenham Festivals, BBC Introducing in the West, Wincraft Studios. Immediate opportunities for performance, tech and production work.

Students rank the course among the best

Join a strong student community who rank our music degrees among the best. The course is ranked fourth out of new universities in the UK for music (Guardian League Table 2015).

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Learn from industry experts

Learn from the best. Benefit from lecturers working in the music industry as performers (worldwide), composers, producers and managers. This includes: Chris Parles - Universal, EMI; and Mike Smith - Blur, Gorillaz, Jamiroquai.

Contact us

Find out more about our courses.

+44 (0)3330 141414

James Industry Accredited